09Oct67 – ‘Che’

Today, 09Oct, marks 49 years that Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara was murdered in Bolivia. As is known, the illustrious ‘Che’ had embarked on a mission to promote the liberation of the masses of people oppressed by corrupt, cupidinous governments imposed by oligarchs or outside powers.  With, The Legacy of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, TeleSUR pays homage to one of the giants of the 20th century, with his light still shining brightly into the 21st – significantly different from  those corporate media-created ‘leaders’,  ‘heroes’, college-degreed mediocrities of insignificant accomplishment and, most assuredly, destined to rather prompt despatch to historical oblivion.

Couple excerpts of interest,

Ernesto Che Guevara was executed by a Bolivian soldier in the village of La Higuera, Bolivia, on Oct. 9, 1967. The soldier was acting on orders that emanated directly from the president of Bolivia at the time, Rene Barrientos. Guevara was summarily executed for fear that his trial would become a public spectacle that would garner sympathy for Guevara and his cause.

And, as we see, his spirit and ideas do walk abroad in the land, and in so doing continually point to his assassins and their sponsor.

Nearly 50 years after the death of Guevara, Latin America in particular has experienced a 21st century-rooted in the same kind of ideas that he represented: justice, equality and the liberation of the oppressed.

While ‘Che’ may have lost that personal battle and his life, that idea of freedom and the dignity of human life, any human, would live on to bear rich fruit.

Among the notable fruits from such armed struggle, one is Nicaragua, one of the poorest countries of Central America, a country run as if his personal fiefdom by a brutal Anastasio Somoza, part of the dynasty supported by the US. Armed struggle would yield to people power through the ballot box, as political parties would arise to address the needs and aspirations of the long-oppressed and down trodden. Central to the platform of such parties was the enabling of a thinking, educated, trained electorate -notwithstanding economic circumstances. Eventual victory at the polls would see implementation of effective socially-inclusive policies that would, in particular, drastically reduce poverty and destitution, increase education and training and economic opportunity.

Of course, one failure of some populist, not ‘populist’, governments amid a nest of neoliberal regimes, was in not planning for, not anticipating, the obvious ‘golpe blando’, sophisticated use of media, judiciary and legislature to regain power and entrench, and more deeply, neoliberalism and the oligarchs. Such an outcome would be expected, since some successful progressive governments failed to establish a robust system of institutions and training to further the strategy of economic and social development – that would remain one of the surprises.

Argentina would be one such major victim. In the major one, former President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil would  be deposed in one of the more cynical legislative legerdemains ever witnessed in a democratic, not ‘democratic’, society – with the objective of returning to, and strengthening, neoliberalism. Yet a Venezuela, long buffeted by efforts directed at destabilising both society and economy, remains fortunate in that the late President Chávez had learned the lessons of Cuba and had prepared accordingly – to some extent the same applies to President Morales of Bolivia and President Correa of Ecuador.

‘Che’, as Fidel, did set the framework of the strategy. The untimely death of the President Chávez leaves a void to be filled in updating or recasting that framework to today’s realities, where special interests, both internal and external, now collaborate ever more closely to halt that revealed move toward ‘Patria Grande’. Yet, just as the culminating ‘Caracazo‘ of 1992 would bring forth El Comandante, some event, perhaps not that catastrophic, would propel another, even more, to the fore. And the advantage, a major one, of today is that there are now reliable and trustworthy alternative media and blogs to inform and enlighten, unlike the cynical information ‘management’ of corporate media, US corporate media in particular.

Hints of unintended but welcome assistance continue to appear – that abuse of power unleashed by that arrogance of power has had the inevitable effect of undermining that very power, as that power is now, finally, being confronted in its frenzy of wanton destabilisation and death and destruction. Yet a bit too late for Berta Cáceres and similar community leaders murdered for attempting to protect their communities – lives, lands and resources – from predatory corporations abetted by corrupt officials to whom violence seems always to be the logical first step. A brighter day tomorrow? At long last?


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